The Japanese beauty industry is one of the best in the world when it comes to innovative, effective and aesthetically pleasing skincare and makeup. If you are planning to visit Japan anytime soon, there are a few items that you definitely have to purchase. Here are a few that I personally can’t live without:
1. Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk
Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/7 stars
Sunblock is an essential item in your daytime skincare routine. Most people forgo this step because traditional sunblock tends to be sticky, oily and heavy, but NOT the Shiseido Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk. This sunblock comes out in a milky white consistency but once you rub it into the skin, there is a nice, smooth and almost matte finish with no white cast. Skin looks healthy with a slight glow immediately and makeup goes on properly because the Dimethicone ingredient in it improves skin texture and fills in fine lines and pores. No wonder this sunblock is one of the most raved in Japan!
2. Kose SEKKISEI White CC Cream
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/7 stars
The Kose SEKKISEI White CC Cream is such an underrated product, but definitely, one of my favourites to use especially when I’m having sensitive skin days. Although it comes in a squeeze tube, there is a pump at the top to dispense the product so it’s very hygienic. The texture is super smooth and creamy, feels more like a foundation to me than a CC cream! It is very lightweight and hydrating but tends to turn shiny/oily after a few hours, so you should use with a powder over it if you plan to wear it out the whole day.
3.Canmake Glow Fleur Cheek in #10 Terracota Fleur
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐✨6.5/7 stars
If there’s only ONE product that you can try from Canmake, it HAS to be the Glow Fleur Cheeks series! The Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks in #10 is a gorgeous Terracota colour that is flattering on all skin shades. The travel-friendly palette comes with a brush and has 5 colours in one which you can either use individually or swirl around to create a beautiful, lustrous finish. Sometimes if I’m in a rush, this blusher works as an eyeshadow too. It has the staying power of cream blush and a glowing finish of a powder blush without being powdery. The ideal autumn blush indeed!
4. BCL Saborino Morning Facial Sheet Mask
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 6/7 stars
The BCL Saborino Morning Facial Sheet Mask is perfect for people like me who are lazy to do a full skincare routine in the morning because you value your sleep more. This 3-in-1 mask cleanses, moisturise and primes your skin to get it ready for the makeup application later on. The mask also helps to reduce puffiness. I personally like the minty cool effect from the horsemint leaf extract as it wakes me right up. Each sheet is quite small but fits my face well, and the material is soft but does not tear easily. Another interesting part is that the mask comes in a pack similar to cleansing wipes so it reduces packaging wastage too!